ISSUES IN ASSEMBLY | Assembly passes four Govt Bills, takes up budget discussion

ITANAGAR, Mar 04: The state Assembly on Thursday passed four important government bills which were introduced in the house on February 25.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu who, introduced the Arunachal Pradesh Civil Courts Bill 2021, in a statement informed that the bill is to consolidate the laws relating to civil courts and for establishment of various civil curts for speedy disposal of cases in the state and matters connected therewith and incidental there to.

The bill would facilitate establishment and constitution of various classes of Civil Courts in the state in addition to the courts established under any other law that includes court of a district judge, court of an additional district judge, court of a civil judge (Senior Division), court of a civil judge (Junior Division) and customary court.

Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein who introduced the Arunachal Pradesh Goods and Service Tax (Amendment) Bill, in a statement informed the assemblies that the bill is brought to further amend to enable the tax administration perform in a better and efficient manner.

Mein, who also holds the finance, planning and investment portfolios, also introduced the Arunachal Pradesh Ease of Doing Business Bill, 2021 on February 25.

Making a statement on the bill in the house, Mein disclosed that the objectives of the bill are to bring about regulatory reformations, to create investment friendly eco-system, and making it easier to obtain licence permits, clearances and NOC online without physical touch point for establishment of business.

“My government’s effort to build investors friendly environment has brought good result in ease of doing business ranking. Our state has jumped 5 spots since 2017-18 ranking. Earlier our ranking was at 34th spot, now the state has jumped to 29th place in country’s ranking,” he said.

“Our state has also been rated as the top ten improvers in ease of doing business ranking. Among the northeastern states, Arunachal ranked third after Assam and Mizoram. Arunachal Pradesh will be the third state to have its EoDB Act in northeast,” Mein added.

The house also passed the Arunachal Pradesh Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill introduced on February 25 by Town Planning and Urban Local Bodies Minister Kamlung Mosang.

The house also passed the supplementary demands for grants for the year 2020-2021 and the Arunachal Pradesh Appropriation (No1) Bill, 2021 ( Supplementary Demands).

Earlier, Deputy Speaker Tesam Pongte, who is also the chairman of the Committee on Privileges, presented the first report of committee. He sought some time slot from the Speaker to enable the members to discuss on the report.

Members, Jikke Tako, Tapuk Taku, Lombo Tayeng, Ninong Ering, Techi Kaso and Wanglin Lowangdong shared their views on the privileges of the members and stressed on the need to have an amicable and better understanding and coordination among legislators and bureaucrats for smooth functioning of the government.

Taking note of the sentiments of the members, Speaker P D Sona  asked the Chief Secretary toissue a stricture in this regard.

District hospital at Doimukh:

Responding to MLA Tana Hali Tara on status of the Doimukh district hospital, Health Minister Alo Libang clarified that the hospital, notified in 2013 was not sanctioned by the health department.

On enquiry, he said, the department found that the initial fund of Rs 2 crore was sanctioned to the executing agency PWD through the 12th Finance Commission while in 2016, the fund was allocated by Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

Citing it as an example, he requested his colleagues to always rope in and inform the health department whenever any such project is taken up in their respective districts.

On land encroachment issue at Midpu mental hospital, raised by the Tara, Libang informed that construction of boundary wall for the hospital would soon commence.

WCD & SJETA:

Replying to MLA Ninong Ering’s query on the reason of depriving Siang district of any schemes under Tribal Affairs, SJETA Minister Alo Libang informed that the final decision on selection of the scheme rests with the concerned central ministry, which decides the schemes on priority basis.

Denying any unfairness in selection, he informed that the state government sends all schemes received from the districts, without any biasness.

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